Feds Bust Vallejoans In National Drug Ring
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#1 Jun 17, 2011
Feds take down national drug ring operating in Va.
Federal authorities have dismantled what investigators described on Friday as a significant, national drug ring operating in Virginia that made millions of dollars trafficking marijuana and recruiting college athletes to target fellow students for drug sales, prosecutors say.
Marijuana is an addictive, dangerous gateway drug that often leads users to graduate to other deadly narcotics, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride in Alexandria said in announcing that 18 suspected drug gang members had been charged in the case.Distributors often rely on guns and physical violence to enforce debts and ensure the success of their business, allured by the potential for significant profit peddling contraband.
The 18 were accused of participating in a nationwide distribution ring smuggling high-quality marijuana from growers in northern California to mid-level dealers in numerous states throughout the country. After coordinated arrests, 17 of the suspected conspirators were in custody and one remained a fugitive: Marvin Powers, Jr., 39, of Vallejo, Calif.
According to court documents, the ring was led by Anthony Guidry, Sr., 46, also of Vallejo, Calif., who prosecutors said trained and then worked with others as interconnected wholesale dealers of marijuana they either grew or purchased from the growers. From 2005 through the present, the documents said the conspirators took orders for various marijuana strains and shipped multi-pound quantities to suppliers in more than a dozen states.
#2 Jun 17, 2011
Federal & State Law
Many people are confused about the legality of medical access to marijuana. The passage of state initiatives in recent years has intensified this confusion and places many people at risk.
First and foremost: Marijuana, for any use, is illegal under federal law. Even if you live in a state that has enacted legislation or passed a ballot initiative that recognizes marijuana's medical utility you are subject to arrest by federal officials for possession or cultivation of marijuana.
Secondly, it is illegal to ship or receive marijuana by mail. Do not be fooled by individuals who claim they can legally ship marijuana because they live in a state or country where "marijuana is legal." Interstate shipment of marijuana is a federal offense. So is importation of marijuana.
If you do reside in a state that has enacted a ballot initiative "legalizing" medical access to marijuana it is important that you check with an attorney or local officials about the policy in your region.
#3 Jun 20, 2011
Multi-state marijuana-smuggling ring based in Vallejo/Benicia area, 17 arrested
Several locals are among 18 defendants charged in a nationwide drug-smuggling ring centered in the Vallejo/Benicia area; one Vallejo man remains a fugitive, federal authorities said Monday.
Marvin Powers, Jr., 39, of Vallejo remains at large after coordinated arrests Thursday netted 17 of the alleged marijuana smugglers, according to Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
"We have dismantled a significant, national drug ring that allegedly made millions trafficking marijuana and recruited college athletes to target fellow students for drug sales," MacBride said in a statement.
Vallejo police assisted in the local arrest, department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Bassett said Monday. Bassett acknowledged the FBI was in town last week, though he couldn't confirm the visit was related to the case.
According to court documents, the ring was led by 46-year-old Vallejo resident Anthony Guidry, Sr.
Guidry runs a firm called "Daddy's Girl Handyman" out of his Benicia home on Carolina Street, allegedly as a front for him to launder illicit drug proceeds and appear to have legitimate income authorities say. A phone number listed for the business is not a working number.
Guidry is accused of using drug money to buy multiple homes, vehicles and a boat. In a two-year period, investigators allege he received deposits of nearly $1 million into various bank accounts that Guidry controlled.
Guidry recently moved into a Vallejo home and was arrested there on Thursday, Peter Carr of the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia said Monday.
#4 Jul 1, 2011
Two Covelo residents face federal pot charges
Anthony Scott Giuliani, 44, and Annette Marie Ross, 51, both of Covelo, face federal charges for conspiracy to cultivate and distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana. If convicted, the two could be sentenced to up to 40 years in federal prison.
According to federal documents, neither Ross nor Giuliani were registered in the Mendocino County medical marijuana program.
Giuliani and Ross are alleged to have furnished Anthony Guidry, 46, of Vallejo, the purported ringleader, with marijuana purchased and grown in Covelo. Guidry then allegedly sold the marijuana to distributors in cities and colleges in Virginia, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
A federal search warrant was served at the Round Valley residence of Giuliani and Ross on June 16. Agents removed 58 outdoor pot plants and five pounds of processed pot. They also found one loaded handgun next to 1.5 pounds of processed marijuana in the couple's bedroom, and one handgun and ammo inside the bedroom closet. Agents also recovered a handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and two shotguns in Ross' adult son's bedroom. When questioned separately, Ross denied knowing Guidry and told agents the marijuana was for personal use but Giuliani told agents he had been supplying marijuana to Guidry for at least two years.
The couple was linked to Guidry through bank records, and they were taped by FBI wiretaps in April, May and June during phone calls with Guidry. During the April calls, Guidry complained about banking regulators, who were getting suspicious about the multiple $9,000 deposits in some accounts, and feared he might have to send a courier with the next cash transfer. Guidry also was unhappy about the number of cash packages that kept getting "lost on the way back." In the call, Ross offered to "run" for Guidry by flying from Santa Rosa to Atlanta, Georgia. During the call, they arranged to split the next payment for Ross and Giuliani into separate bank accounts. In another call, the trio discussed setting up a building, including ventilation and electricity to allow them to grow indoor Kush, OG Kush and Master Kush strains of marijuana.
#5 Jul 1, 2011
Get rid of the blight, marijuana is the gateway to drug addiction and crime and we don't need any.
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